19 years old and scoring bags of goals in the second tier of English football, Tammy Abraham really did make a name for himself in a big way during the 2016/17 season. There were bound to be suitors this Summer.
Newcastle United have been strongly linked and rumor had it that the London-born striker would seal a loan move to the North-East rather soon.
That has not turned out to be the case, which the player himself has confirmed is because of him having doubts regarding the transfer. When asked where he envisions himself playing his football next season, he said:
"I’m not too sure, hopefully it will be in the Premier League".
Given that Newcastle were said to have been close to securing the deal in the first week of June, the fact that no decision has yet been made is concerning.
If Abraham doesn't see the potential in a move to Tyneside and fails to recognize just how good a season under Rafa Benitez would be for him, then shame on him. This is a player who has had one breakout year, but we've seen many times in football how quickly that can all change.
Perhaps he is worried about a lack of game time, which I can understand. Although, would he rather play 15/20 games with Newcastle in the Premier League, or play another season in the second tier? Would he rather play in front of 52,000 every week, or almost half of that at Swansea City or Brighton and Hove Albion?
It ultimately comes down to him, but if it was me in charge, I wouldn't give him so long to decide. In fact, I would have already moved on. The idea of signing a better striker, that will lead the line for years to come, sounds much more appealing. There are more available, Newcastle United should go all out for somebody else, rather than wait for a kid to make up his mind.